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Ballet Black – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Music: Philip Feeney (The Suit) Director / Choreographer: Cathy Marston / Arthur Pita Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Pioneering Ballet Black return with a thrilling double bill, which contains two very diverse pieces of modern ballet. Now in their 17th year, Ballet Black was founded under Cassa Pancho’s vision to create an inclusive company that represents artists of black and Asian descent. ...

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Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Artistic Director: Tory Dobrin Ballet Master: Raffaele Morra Reviewer: Dominic Corr Dance Consortium brings Edinburgh precisely what it adores - something intelligent, fabulous and unique. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is an all-male drag ballet troupe who seek to showcase their technical prowess in dance, whilst lampooning the traditional romanticism of ballet. The true measure of high-quality parody is ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: La Fille Mal Gardee – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Frederick Ashton Freely adapted and arranged by: John Lanchbery Music: Ferdinand Herold Reviewer: Frances Scott The Birmingham Royal Ballet is transporting audiences to a quaint community based on sunny Suffolk. The French ballet La Fille Mal Gardee(The Wayward Daughter) premiered in 1789 and was reworked by Fredrick Ashton in 1960, whose uniquely British blend has helped capture modern audiences. ...

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The Three Musketeers – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Director & Choreographer: David Nixon OBE Scenario: David Drew MBE Music: Sir Malcolm Arnold Reviewer: Beverley Haigh The Three Musketeers is the latest storytelling ballet in Northern Ballet’s repertoire. Having recently deviated from this winning formula to bring a successful contemporary Mixed Programme, they are now back to doing what they are renowned for and do so well. Originally conceived ...

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Artistic Director: Tory Dobrin Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree For over 40 years, “The Trocks” have been entertaining audiences worldwide: since 1974 the group has performed in 35 countries and over 600 cities. For two days only, Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre plays host to a dedicated, physical and extremely impressive troupe of dancers, who interpret and gently parody classical ballet as you’ve never ...

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English National Ballet: Manon – Opera House, Manchester

Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Renowned for its dedicated ensembles, magnificent costumes and stunning storytelling, the ballet is a difficult art form for any company to be recognised as the leading light. Yet, the English National Ballet could well be doing just that, with their magnificent interpretation of the classic tale Manon- currently showing at the Opera House in ...

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La Fille Mal Gardee – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Choreography: Frederick Ashton Music: Ferdinand Herold (adapted and arranged by John Lanchbery) Reviewer: Helen Tope One of the oldest ballets in the world, La Fille Mal Gardee (The Wayward Daughter), is an 18th-Century wonder, re-imagined to create a timeless tale. Seen here in its Frederick Ashton revival, La Fille tells the story of village girl Lise. Living with her mother, ...

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Rambert: Life is a Dream – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Kim Brandstrup Music: Witold Lutoslawksi Review: Peter Jacobs Rambert are going through a period of change. Long-standing Artistic Director Mark Baldwin has stood down. A Guest Artistic Director American-choreographer Benoit Swan Pouffer was appointed in 2018 while a permanent occupant for the post is recruited. They have a new junior company: Rambert 2. Then Rambert announce that for the ...

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